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>>> abortion debate. as the polls in the presidential race tighten mitt romney says if elected he would not pursue any abortion related legislation. >> inside the attack. lawmakers press for answers about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, cbs news goes inside the compound where the assault took place. >>> man versus mountain. an extreme bike stunt goes bad. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 10, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning the race for the white house veered from a focus on the economy to an emotionally charged debate on social issues. in an interview yesterday with "the des moines register" mitt romney said he would not pursue abortion related legislation if elected president. >> there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> after the interview romney campaign said governor romney is pro life and would support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life. romney has repeatedly said the supreme court should overturn
: as they get ready for the second debate, new polls show the first one was fuel for mitt romney. nancy cordes joins us with the latest from both camps. also tonight, hope for malala. the pakistani school girl clinging to life after the taliban shot her at close range. doctors see some promising signs. elizabeth palmer reports from pakistan. lessons learned on the battle fields of iraq and afghanistan are saving lives here at home. bob orr with that story. >> it's awesome. it's so big, too. i can't believe it's going down the street. >> axelrod: and mission improbable-- a space shuttle inching along the streets of los angeles on its final mission. ben tracy takes us along for the ride. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. in 24 days, americans will elect a president. according to the latest national gallup poll, mitt romney now leads barack obama by two points, 49 to 47, a statistical dead heat. the state of the race has been shaken up in the last 10 days since the first presidential debate. look at florida, ape crucial state fo
. >> reporter: good morning, frank. with polls show mitt romney with momentum republicans are certainly hoping that congressman paul ryan will keep it going while democrats are counting on vice president joe biden to reverse the flow and to stop the loss of support among voters. >>> reporter: congressman paul ryan arrived in kentucky ahead of his first nationally televised debate. the number 2 man on the gop ticket told reporters earlier in florida voters will see a clear choice when he faces off against vice president joe biden. >> this is my first time. what he can't run from is president obama's indefensible record. they are just offering more of the same. >> reporter: ryan will face an opponent who occasionally causes controversy with freewheeling statements but republicans also know vice president biden is a seasoned debater. >> nothing like standing up before 70 million people. >> reporter: usually vice- presidential debates don't greatly impact elections but after president obama's lackluster performance at his first debate with mitt romney, many believe democrats are desperate for vice
. fox news alert a surge in the polling puttings mitt romney on top in the race for the white house. "pew research poll"ing shows since the debate last week, mitt romney leaping ahead of president obama. what a swing that is, 49-45%. keep in mind that is likely voters too. you have to ask a few more questions to figure out whether you're registered voter or likely voter. likely voter polls are more accurate in the end. look who is back here. martha: hello, everybody. bill: celebrating columbus day. martha: i always do. thank goodness he discovered the country. good morning i'm martha maccallum. mitt romney ahead of the president but wiping out the double digit lead with women voters. you remember what that used to be. bill: republican nominee continues to press on this issue, that's the economy. >> can we afford four more years like the last four years? he wants another stimulus. how did that first one work out? and then, he wants to pick winners and losers among companies, or losers in his case and then, of course he wants to hire more government workers. look, all of these things
. >>> mitt romney's poll numbers jumped after last week's presidential debate. a few research survey three weeks ago gave president obama an eight point lead among likely voters. now romney has taken a four- point lead in and you dated survey and is talking -- in an updated survey and is talking about foreign policy issues blasting the president on the middle east. >> it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. it's time to change course in the middle east. that course should be organized around these bedroom principles: america must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might. >> the obama campaign is dismissing romney's remarks as sabre rattling aimed at covering up his own foreign blunners. >>> as campaign 2012 heats up, is holding a series of presidential forums online. the candidates answering our questions, today's topic the role of government, big versus small. >>> two men are dead this morning after a gunman opened fire on their car driving through oakland. police received report
to job is . ling.s job is to keep romney's al gallu rolling. today's national gallup poll of likely voters shows governor romney with a slender lead of one point over the president. of course, that's within the lly a tie.error so it's essentially a tie. tonight's debate is at centre college in danville, kentucky. nancy cordes and jan crawford danville. first we'll go to nancy, covering the vice president's campaign. nancy. >> reporter: scott the vice president arrived here in kentucky today after several days of intense preparation in his home state of delaware and several people there with him veld us the president's weak performance in his own debate didn't so much change the ndrategy as raise the stakes and they say the vice president is very well aware he needs to have a better night than the president did. tu recall when the president was preparing for his own debate, he called it a drag. clear thacampaign is making it very clear that the vice president enjoyed his preparation, enjoys debating. they even released the vice nedsident and what we learned one of six full-scale 90 m
, the latest gallup poll shows mitt romney leading president obama 49% to 47%. that spread is within the margin of error, so it's essentially a tie. in ohio, new polling today shows this: pollster a.r.g. has romney up by one point, 48% to 47%. but a cnn poll has the president up by four, 51% to 47%. either way, it's an improvement for romney who was falling well behind in ohio until last week's debate. both candidates were in ohio today where this is the last day to register to vote. our campaign 2012 correspondents are there, too, and we'll go to nancy cordes with the obama campaign. >> reporter: scott, ohio is the grand prize for the obama campaign. they have 120 field offices here, the president has held 17 rallies in this state, more than any other state, but in the debate last week he failed to mention some major issues that are very important to ohio voters, like that auto bailout or shipping jobs overseas. that's a mistake he did not make today here in columbus. >> when you think about ohio, when governor romney said that we should let the auto industry go bankrupt we said no, we're not
romney a boost. pelley:new polling tonight that hows a change in the race. reports from jan crawford and nancy cordes. nd jim axelrod with an executive who's found a formula for succeeding in a tough economy. it's another at-bat for "money ball." >> we essentially have to have players whose performance is toter than what we're paying shem. than wha captioning sponsored by cbs ptios is the "cbs evening news" s"ith scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, in ohio police are searching for victims of the meningitis outbreak. in tennessee, they're reaching out with a phone bank. today federal officials titimated 13,000 americans received steroid injections that may have been contaminated with a potentially lethal fungus. gas.llnesses have been reported cross nine states. eight people have died. the steroids were used to treat painpain and joint pain. those who received injections in ion knowinal columns are at risk for the brain and spinal infection known as meningitis. dr. jon lapook begins tonight with the state that has the largest number of cases. >> reporter: in tennessee, public healt
on the attacks that killed the u.s. ambassador. >> new polls shows mitt romney gaining ground in ohio while the obama campaign continues to battle over big bird. >>> a teenage girl in pakistan is shot for take on the taliban and okay simple breath test reveal whether you have a deadly disease. >>> we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. . >>> this deserves a thorough investigation. we need to get to the bottom of every single allegation. >> we're learning dramatic new details about the september 11th assault that took the lives of ambassador chris stevens and the others. >> officials say there was no unrest outside of the compound prior to the attack. >> a state department official is expected to testify that his request for more troops and officers was turned down. >> governor romney wants to let wall street run wild but he wants to bring the hammer down on "sesame street." >> the producers of "sesame street" wants the obama campaign to stop using big bird in his campaigns. >> and a test in front of the supreme court, whether race should be considered in
shows 49% of likely voters favor mitt romney and 47% support president obama and two other polls from the key state of ohio shows the candidates are effectively tied. one of them shows romney ahead by one point and the other the president leads by 4. both men campaigned in ohio tuesday. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in akron. good morning, jan. >> reporter: well, good morning. good morning to those of you in the west. the president left california yesterday. he and romney are both here in "high owe. we were at a rally in northeast ohio with 10,000 cheering people. they took the president's election chant and turned it back on him. >> i've been watching some of president obama's rallies and they chant four more years, four more years. today there are 28 days before the election. i think the right chant ought to be for them, four more weeks, four more weeks. >> four more weeks. four more weeks. >> reporter: romney argued the president to detract from his failed record is focusing on the small things instead of focusing on jobs and the economy. an example of a small thing,
that catapulted mitt romney into the lead in one national poll. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee breaks down the numbers. >> the president's motorcade just passed through here a few minutes ago on market and the mcallister. he looked down reading a document. he is going to the bill graham civic auditorium to raise money and rally his base. if this new national poll is any indication he needs to cause some inspiration among voters because it looks likes he is slipping in the polls. likely voters. that pew research poll that was released this afternoon shows that the president had an 8- point lead before the debate in mid-september. he has dropped significantly and the republican nominee mitt romney is now leading the president by 4 points. clearly the debate last week has given romney a huge bounce in the polls. >> reporter: the presidential candidates are crisscrossing paths in the polls. the republican nominee is fundraising in virginia today. his fourth event in five days in the battleground state feeding off his debate performance he has made ground in two key demographics. among women th
governor romney is gaining ground. the race is now a dead heat. president obama led that same poll by five points before the debate. >> romney is sharpening his attacks on the president and today he'll call for changes in america's foreign policy. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in lexington, virginia. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. romney was one of the president's critics on how he handled libya. subsequently that proved him right. the administration blamed the attacks in benghazi on a movie. romney has some strong words at a speech later this morning here in lexington. and implying some of the president's decisions were made for political reasons. in a major speech on foreign policy romney will attack mr. obama's leadership and set out his strategy, promising i'll affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects but to the security of the nation. romney will challenge the president's handling of the middle east saying it's time to change course. i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i
romney won. just 20% believe mr. obama prevailed. rasmussen dale tracking poll today has the race tied among likely voters. 48% each. in iowa and colorado, the president is hanging tough. in iowa, it's obama 49, romney 47. colorado, obama 49, romney 48. both are dead heats within the margin of error. joining us from washington, democratic strategist marge mcclinton in for juan williams and mary katherine ham. the pugh number, 49-45 surprised me, mary katherine. same with you? >> i was a little surprised at how far it moved. i'm not surprised it's moving in mitt romney's favor. i mean, this was 70 million people watching and the guy who showed up, mitt romney showed up to do that job that night was the best he had ever looked and certainly obama, the worst he ever looked on a stage with someone else, i would say when we have seen him in the situations before. people tuned in those 70 million people thinking they were going to be a colts-packers fight, but they were surprised. i think the amount of that surprise worked in romney's favor. i will point out that the pugh survey is probably
's presidential debate. a new gallup poll of registered voters shows the race is in a dead heat. >> romney is sharpening his attacks on the president. today he'll call for changes in america's foreign policy. janua jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in lexington, virginia. >> reporter: good morning, norah. good morning, charlie. romney was one of the president's earliest critics on how he handle libya. his supporters say they subsequently proved him right. romney's got some tough words for the president here at the virginia military institute. he'll deliver this later this morning. and he's also implying that some of the president's decisions were made for political reasons. >> thank you! >> reporter: in a major speech on foreign policy, romney will attack mr. obama's leadership and set out his strategy, promising, i'll affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation. romney will challenge the president's handling of the middle east, saying it's time to change course. i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle
campaign and mitt romney is up by two points. a gallup poll out today has romney at 49%, president obama 47%. that is within the poll's margin of error so it is still tientially a tie. the two campaigns tangled today over the definition of one of the shortest words in the english language. the question is whether vice president biden misled the american people in the debate last night and whether he had misused the word "we." biden was responding to charges meat the state department turned uest requests for more security in libya before the terror attack last month that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. whe's what the vice president said. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more eycurity again. and, by the way, at the time we were told exactly -- we said exactly what the intelligence eommunity told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> pelley: the fight today was wer what he meant by "we." our campaign 2012 correspondents are on the story and we'll go first to jan crawford who gotten a earful from the romney campaign t
cbs news poll shows mitt romney getting a post-debate bounce in two key states. >>> rescued from the wreckage. two people are pulled to safety in the aftermath of a deadly collapse at a parking garage. >>> diamond drama. post-season baseball heats up with two fantastic finishes. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, october 11, 2012. good morning, everybody, good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. debates between vice presidential candidates aren't supposed to matter but after president obama's poor debate performance last week, the faceoff between joe biden and paul ryan has turned it into a high stakes affair. in colorado president obama held a slim lead in september now romney has a one-point edge. in wisconsin the president was leading by six points last month, he leads romney by just three points now. in virginia the president continues to hold on to a small lead. tara mergener is in washington following all of this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. boy the pressure sure is on tonight particularly for joe biden who will be trying to gain ground followin
presidential debate is tonight and a cbs news poll shows more swing state voters are moving toorlds mitt romney. >>> we'll ask strategist david axelrod how to stop the move. >>> a scathing report shows lance armstrong took part in the biggest doping incident in history. >>> we begin with today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> i know how you'll come and attack us. the problem he has is he has barack obama's record he has to run on. >> the vice presidential candidates set to take center stage. >> joe biden and paul ryan go head to head in their first and only debate. >> biden under pressure to reverse governor romney's momentum. >> if you have a bad game, move on. you look forward to the next one. the difference between this and sports is that the stakes are so high. >> there was a garage collapse here at the miami dade west area. >> rescuers pulled one person out 13 hours after. >> i heard a pop, pop, pop, pop, dominos straight down. >> republican lawmakers pounced on the obama administration over last month's embassy attack in libya. >> we had the correct number of people in ben za gi
was interesting in this -- after the presidential debate, you saw on some polls the gender gap closeup when romney didn't talk about women at all and when they obsessed over it in the convention to me that was a sign that women like all other voters are really judging on the most important and central issue in this campaign, and that is the economy, when romney was more credible on that and gained with everyone including women. >> rose: chuck todd, will fact checkers tomorrow morning look at this and examine this and find out and suggest that somebody was either misleading or, quote, lying? >> i don't think there are any lies in there, my favorite part is when, you know, there is that one point where you have joe biden saying 97 percent of small businesses make $250,000 or less and paul ryan insisting 1 million businesses are affected by that and that is they are both rde but, right but want to use different numbers one wants to use raw data and the other percentage to make it look large and make themselves look right i want to point out on abortion, i thought what was amazing with that question a
polls that have been taken since the debate are looking a little bit better for romney so we color those sort of a pink. but ohio still looking good for the real estate, wisconsin looking good and even in some of these polls virginia is looking good for him storks what we have seen, at least at the moment in this snap hot is a little bit of a breakdown in what was before the debate a kind of steady success for the president and all of the ten or so battleground states. >> rose: so right now we are waiting right now now for the next debate to where the campaign is. >> we are wait gog the next debate but have early voting going on and that's why the this vice presidential debate matters, both democrats and republicans are working the base hard but if you have dispirited people they won't muscle it up and do the early vote, i think if biden injects some energy in the democrats that will help with the votes being cast right now in the important battle ground states. >> rose: i raised this question earlier do we expect to see more of the quote, moderate romney in this campaign? >> mark halper
there is a public poll today that is usually a pretty good poll that shows romney with a very large lead in florida, i don't think he has that but they need to find a way so that going into the last two weeks with i the debates they hope helping them more they have got one or two or three paths to get to 27 at this, they are not if you talk to honest republicans they are not overwhelmingly confident that, you know, for months they said we would rather be us than them, i don't think you heard too many honest republicans saying that now but he think they have a chance if the next debate goes well, on the other side, their strategy is, their premise is we have got to lead, the electorial college is still very much tilting toward them and that they believe that their ground game is vastly enter superior, and early voting and the mechanics of turning people out on voting day they think are significantly better and i think based on what i have been able to learn that is not a crazy position to have and they want to go back to doing what they have done so well and i think you will see subterranean messagi
running neck and neck. a lot of polls showing romney coming up. >> that is right. such a close race how did thecan in the vice-presidential debate come across last thursday. did it have any influence. that was the coffee talk all this week so we put the question to san francisco mayor willy brown and the chairman of the republican party. here it is. >> people are dependant because they don't like bi- partisanship. joe biden was way to partisan, laughing, smearing. that doesn't help. the debate has been about his attitude and all the gasps he made like i didn't vote for it or the lies he told. >> i think joe biden had to demonstrate clearly that he was superior on the knowledge side with reference to international relations. he did so. as a matter of fact mr. reince got smaller and -- ryan got smaller and smaller at the person conducting the interview or being the moderator asked questions. it was clear that joe biden was far superior to paul ryan. >> i may take away in talking to people subsequent to it, it reinforced what you felt going in. if you were inclined to go democratic you
-debate bounce, a bounce that just catapulted mitt romney into the lead in at least one national poll. grace lee breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: the president is examples here at the bill graham in a couple of hours to raise money and to rally his base and if that new national poll that you're talking about is any indication, he really does need to rally the voters because it looks like he is slipping among likely voters. that pew research poll that was released this afternoon shows that the president had an 8- point lead before the debate in mid-september. he has dropped significantly and the republican nominee mitt romney is now leading the president by 4 points. clearly the debate last week has given romney a huge bounce in the polls. and part of the reason why he made a huge increase in two key demographics including women. the president had an 18-point lead before the debate. now the two candidates are dead even among female voters 47 to 47%. and among voters under 30 years of age, romney has gained 10 points in the days following the first debate. now 42% of young voters say they vie
polls say the race is tightening. wednesday's debate gave romney much needed -- >> we're going to win florida and take back the white house. >> reporter: american leadership will return if he's elected is what some had to say. >> i'll take the care and restore the principles. >> reporter: romney is expected to start with a major speech on foreign policy monday. >> tomorrow president obama will attend a campaign fundraiser in san francisco. it's his final berry visit before the election. >>> this week the vice presidentable candidates will have their first meeting. as we saw before, the campaigns are busy preparing the public for what we might see >> reporter: count down to the presidential debate has begin. the candidates are preparing to go head to head on the heels of last week's presidential debate >> i think paul will do a great job and biden is great at this stuff. >> reporter: after obama's poor showing, many are hoping biden will pull this out. >> i'm hopeful that mr. ryan will tell the truth
of the first presidential debate. a new cbs news poll from three key battleground states suggestions romney is getting a boost from his performance. in wisconsin, president obama's six point lead is cut in half. in virginia the president's lead shrank to five points. and romney now leads in colorado. randall pinkston, cbs news, danville, kentucky. >> and you can watch that debate right here on cbs 5. our special live coverage begins tonight at 6:00. >>> a break in the case of a retired bay area teacher. the couple in custody and what police say is their 1,000-mile crime spree. >> i'm glad to have the opportunity was there for me to be able to do it. >> battling back from the brink of elimination. the rallies that brought our bay area teams to today's decisive fifth game and the price for tickets, as well. coming up. ird person is now dead llowing a parking garage ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we
: after several heated exchanges ryan said romney's performance last week is motivating the vice president. >> i know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground. >> reporter: as for who won it depends who you ask. instant polls taken right after the debate are mixed. in a cbs news poll of uncommitted voters 50% thought the vice president won. 31% sided for ryan and 19% called it a tie. not surprisingly both sides claimed victory. mitt romney's campaign said biden seemed off balance and strange. the president's team said the debate exposed the risk of electing a romney/ryan ticket. the candidatesalso disagreed over foreign policy. congressman ryan pointing to the death of four americans in libya as an indication of weakness abroad while biden said romney's campaign talks first before they know what the facts are. reporting live in danville, i'm randall pinkston. >>> that cbs news poll found the overall impressions of both vice presidential candidate improved after the debate. 55% think biden is somebody they can relate to. 48% think ryan is. both candidates on how uncommitted
it could stop the bleeding. >> reporter: new polls from three battleground states show romney now has a one-points edge in colorado. in wisconsin the race is tightening. the president's 6-point lead before his first debate with romney is now down to three points while in virginia, the president has a five-point lead. romney and the president debate for the second time next week in new york. >> and despite the poll numbers that are showing that mitt romney's gaining support this morning on "cbs this morning," advisor david axelrod insists there is no slide in support for president obama that in fact there is no momentum for mitt romney... we'll see what happens after tonight. randall pinkston, cbs 5. >> we will have to see whacks tonight but what strategies can we expect from both ryan and biden? >> reporter: well, of course, ryan will be focusing on the economic numbers. he knows the numbers and he will be talking about the failures in the obama administration, failures to create jobs, failures to fix the -- what's wrong with the economy while violent biden will be mounting a defense just a
with new polls show mitt romney pulling ahead. here is a look at the pough research poll. the president's lead has vanished. the president's lead is erased with women voters that he is now tide with mitt romney. here to explainn what is happening. dick morris, former advisor to president obama and his new book is here comes the black helicopters and un governance and loss of freedom. >> thank you. >> gretchen: the game changing situation of this debate is astounding? >> yes, the media is spinning as obama lost and i think mitt romney won. you think about it. american people never had a good look at mitt romney. the last republican debate was in january or february and many independent and democrats didn't watch the republican convention and many of the democrats and independents didn't tune in and romney that is characterized as a fearsome creature, they saw the real romney and what a reasonable nice guy he is and level head good ideas, i think the country liked him and that is a bond like the one reagan established. that is responsible for the flip. >> gretchen: carter versus reagan? >
didn't lose any ground after mitt romney has been gaining in the polls. he too delivered. >> i will be very specific. >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect, that's a bunch malarkey. >> and why is that so? >> not a single thing he said is accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy, taxes and medicare with the democrat often on the attack. >> and they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut. it's about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama administration's economic record. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. we need real reforms for a real recovery and that's exactly what mitt romney and i are proposing. >> reporter: after several heated exchanges ryan insinuated that president obama's performance last week was motivating the vice president's >> mr. vice president, i know you're under a lot of duress to paining up for lost ground. >> reporter: as for who won, it depends on how you a
polls show the race is a dead heat after romney got a boost from his performance at the first match-up. the republican candidate will spend sunday practicing for round two. ines ferre for cbs news. >> and you can watch tuesday night's highly anticipated debate from cbs 5. coverage begins at 6:00. the second presidential debate will be conducted in a town hall format allowing people to ask questions about foreigner and domestic policy. >>> well closer to home, both republicans and democrats went door to door in berkeley talking to voters about an array of measures on the california ballot. cbs 5 reporter anne makovec shows us why both are deciding to use a more personal approach. >> reporter: this election is very very important. >> reporter: that's one point we can all agree on. the rest of it from propositions to the president not so much. that's why the california democratic party set up a day of action today going door to door to educate voters on the issues. >> when you go out there oh they say this is important. i really think it's effective. >> reporter: it's a strategy the re
ways. governor romney is seeing some great improvement, things are going well for him in state polls and florida and colorado but not so much in virginia. tightening in ohio but not as much as colorado and florida. so, individual states are starting to align with candidates a little bit more and we'll have to see how that plays out. . >> given that movement how critical is this debate for the president? >> it's pretty critical. he needs to fix, you know, those democrats may have been given a shot in the arm by joe biden but they are looking to the president now, and he also has to talk to those uncommitted voters who are starting to, some of them are thinking mitt romney is looking pretty attractive after that first debate. the president needs to really kind of be on his game in this second one. >> thanks, john. >>> in pakistan police have arrested several people in connection with if brazen shooting of a 4-year-old girl who criticized the taliban. the girl was attacked and wounded on tuesday in the swat valley, a taliban stronghold. she said girls have a right to education. the tal
, a discussion of the world now with three gentlemen. >>> well, on tuesday, president obama and mitt romney will face off on the second of the three debates and the stakes are high with national polls showing that the race is essentially tied. joining me now is willie brown, former mayor and the chairman of the republican party who i think are the best handicappers in the state. do you buy the polls? >> no, i don't buy the polls. i never did when i served in public office. i had them for instructional purposes but not to decide. it could give me an idea on how to move things a little bit, but not win or lose. >> do you get a feeling in this campaign it's being poll driven? they are testing the positions and trying to deliver them now? >> look, campaigns do that all the time. i look at polls to see trends, if they move in a decided direction, i believe like we have now, i believe there is that direction. most of the polls prior to the last debate use the 2008 turnout model or democrats and republicans. i don't think the republican message being sent by romney and ryan attracts democrats as s
even as mitt romney is beginning to show some improvement in the polls. so you would have to say that it was a win-win for both sides. they both accomplished their goals. >> there isn't a clear winner in this debate as in the presidential debate. but it's going to be picked apart for days. thank you, randall pinkston live in kentucky. >>> for more political coverage check out our exclusive presidential forum on our website, everyone day the candidates weigh in on a different issue. >>> well, some hugs and some cheers last night. the giants pulled off a miracle comeback taking three in a row from the reds at cincinnati. they move on to the nlcs and then it was the as' turn at home against the tigers. game five last night a packed house at the coliseum to cheer on the as but the star of this game was on the mound for the other team. the tigers that guy right there reigning cy young award winner justin verlander was unbelievable striking out 11 as batters pitching a complete game shutout. as only had four hits in the game and lost 6-0 in their season finale. what a team
election, and the race is as tight as it can get. today's gallup poll of likely voters has president obama at 48% and mitt romney at 48%. john dickerson is our cbs news political director and, john, in the primaries, governor romney took a hard line against abortion except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. but today, he said this in the "des moines register" newspaper: then, governor romney followed that with this today: >> i think i've said time and again i'm a pro-life candidate, i'll be a pro-life president. the actions i'll take immediately are to remove funding for planned parenthood. >> pelley: so, john, i wonder, can you help us untangle all of this? >> reporter: well, this is a very tricky issue for governor romney, who's about to arrive here in western ohio. he's had a number of positions on abortion. in these comments, when he was running for governor in the 1990s, he said he would protect abortion rights, but now he has the opposite view. when people heard these comments to the "des moines register," they thought he was moderating his position. but if you loo
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